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Norway continue winning beginning

Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 21.45CET
Norway 2-0 Moldova Late strikes from Fredrik Strømstad and Steffen Iversen gave the home side a second successive Group C victory in Oslo.

Match statistics

NorwayMoldova

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
4
Corners8
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 6 September 2006, 21.45CET

Norway continue winning beginning

Norway 2-0 Moldova Late strikes from Fredrik Strømstad and Steffen Iversen gave the home side a second successive Group C victory in Oslo.

Norway continued their strong start to UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying as second-half strikes from Fredrik Strømstad and Steffen Iversen ended the resistance of a resilient ten-man Moldova in Oslo.

Opening victory
The Norwegians had opened their Group C campaign in impressive fashion with a 4-1 victory in Hungary on Saturday, but a well-drilled Moldova side proved an entirely different proposition at the Ullevål stadium despite losing striker Victor Berco to a red card shortly after half-time. The visitors nevertheless looked set to hold out for what would have been an impressive point only for Strømstad and Iversen to break through in the last 20 minutes.

Red card
Norway coach Åge Hareide made one change to the starting lineup that had overwhelmed the Hungarians, Ole Gunnar Solskjær – who scored twice in Budapest – making way for Frode Johnsen, while the visitors kept faith with the team who only lost to reigning champions Greece due to a late goal in their opening fixture. Perhaps unsurprisingly the hosts were in lively mood early on, with Morten Gamst Pedersen posing problems down the left in the first 15 minutes. Strømstad then drilled a 20-metre shot against the Moldova crossbar with goalkeeper Sergei Pascenco beaten, but some organised defending ensured the scoresheet remained blank at the interval.

Late efforts
The balance of play changed abruptly less than a minute into the second half, however, as Berco was dismissed for violent conduct yet Moldova kept the Norwegians at bay until the 73rd minute when John Carew's inswinging corner from the right found Strømstad in space and the midfielder headed into the top corner. Substitute Iversen put the result beyond doubt six minutes later with an effort from distance, giving his side maximum points from their first two matches ahead of the trip to Greece on 7 October. Moldova, having won considerable credit but no points from their opening games, welcome Bosnia-Herzegovina the same day.

Last updated: 06/09/06 22.08CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Moldova

Moldova

1
MyhreThomas Myhre (GK)
1
S. PaşcencoSerghei Paşcenco (GK)
3
HagenErik Hagen
2
LaşcencovSerghei Laşcencov
Yellow Card73
Substitution75
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
3
CorneencovAndrei Corneencov
7
StrømstadFredrik Strømstad
Goal73
Substitution89
4
TestemitanuIon Testemitanu
8
AndresenMartin Andresen (C)
Yellow Card24
5
RebejaRadu Rebeja (C)
10
CarewJohn Carew
6
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
7
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
15
M. JohnsonMarius Johnson
Substitution63
8
IvanovStanislav Ivanov
17
RambekkAnders Rambekk
9
BercoVictor Berco
Red/Yellow Card46
22
HæstadKristofer Hæstad
10
RogaciovSerghei Rogaciov
Substitution70
24
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution46
11
OlexicGhenadie Olexic

Substitutes

23
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
12
RomanencoDenis Romanenco (GK)
2
Svindal LarsenTommy Svindal Larsen
Substitution89
15
CleşcencoSerghei Cleşcenco
Substitution75
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
Substitution63
Goal77
17
DaduSerghei Dadu
Substitution70
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Substitution46
13
EpureanuSerghei Epureanu
9
ÅrstOle Martin Årst
14
BulgaruSemion Bulgaru
13
KippeFrode Kippe
16
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
28
SolliJan Gunnar Solli

Coach

Åge Hareide (NOR) Anatolii Teslev (MDA)

Referee

Hristo Ristoskov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Krum Stoilov (BUL), Ivan Vulchev (BUL)

Fourth official

Tsvetan Georgiev (BUL)

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